Five men to hang for Indian caste killings


Five Indian men have been sentenced to death for murdering a young couple who married in defiance of caste traditions. The five, who will hang on Tuesday over the so-called honour killings, were relatives of the woman, named Babli, whose body was found alongside her husband Manoj’s mutilated corpse in June 2007, in the northern Haryana state. The two were slain near Karnal district after a local khap panchayat, or caste council, decreed they both belonged to the same sub-caste and were therefore “brother and sister”. Council chief Ganga Raj was given a life sentence yesterday by district judge Vani Gopal Sharma, who lashed out at the councils.